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Classic England River Thames Cruise

England’s River Thames offers quaint, scenic countryside and rustic beauty. On this 7-day barge cruise in England, meander past royal palaces, riverside towns and villages aboard the 8-guest Magna Carta canal boat. Experience a real mixture of olde worlde England and the natural beauty of Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. From Henry VIII’s Hampton Court, cruise past Windsor Castle to Henley, with frequent stops allowing plenty of time to wander and explore while following an old Viking trading route deep into the rural countryside, along the River Thames.

Gentle exploration is the highlight of this London river cruise, with exceptional cycling and walking opportunities along the Royal River Thames. Visit traditional boat builders, art galleries and on select departures, the real Downton Abbey. Enjoy afternoon tea, tour Henry VIII’s apartments and the Royal Chapel, Windsor Castle and its magnificent gardens, England’s oldest inn and Oxford. Enjoy a less crowded European river cruise with charming scenery on this River Thames cruise.

Each departure operates round-trip from London, either cruising west to Henley-on-Thames, with an overland transfer east back to London, or starting with an overland transfer west to Henley-on-Thames and cruising east back to London. Each departure’s direction is typically confirmed 6-8 weeks in advance. The alternative Downton Abbey itinerary adds a visit to Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle.

The elegant and spacious, air-conditioned, 8-passenger Magna Carta is the perfect hotel barge for this royal river cruise. Her small guest count, doting crew and gastronomic delights are sure to delight. And her stylish interiors and sun decks provide an unrivaled view during this England barge cruise.

Consider securing Magna Carta for private charter cruises in England, with theme options such as golf, theater, tennis and family cruises, or customize your own itinerary.

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